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Before and after our restoration of Laughton Place - a 16th-century moated brick tower in East Sussex, originally part of a much larger Tudor house, built 1534.
The demolition in the 1950s of the rest of the building that once accompanied the tower and the removal of the support they had offered had caused structural problems, probably there from the beginning, to become much worse. Collapse was probably only prevented by the steel joists of the concrete roof, inserted when the tower was used as an observation post in the Second World War.
It was in this sadly battered condition that Laughton was acquired by the Landmark Trust in 1978. The first work supervised by the architect, John Warren of APP, was therefore the urgent erection of a cradle of scaffolding to hold the tower, while methods of repair were considered. The movement that had caused the cracks had happened some time ago, so it seemed that the best course was to repair the building in its settled position, rather than try to force it back together. Steel ties were inserted at three levels, running in both directions and later, as part of the general work on the walls, the cracks were stitched up with a mixture new brick and lime mortar.
Work then began on the overhaul of the entire building. Decayed pointing was scraped out, worn bricks replaced with new handmade equivalents, new coping stones placed on the steps of the butresses where they were missing and the whole building repointed. The roof and internal floors needed to be renewed completely.
Round the exterior, the ground was lowered by several inches, to return it to its original level, and a new path formed. During this work, the footings of earlier houses were discovered. The bridge was also rebuilt and the moat excavated under the supervision of archaeologists. In 1981 Laughton was ready to receive its first visitors after three years work.
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5. ... AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE
Most people are familiar with this tongue twisting carol. It is believed to be French in origin it was first published in England as a chant without music in 1780. The standard tune we sing today comes from a 1909 version based on a traditional folk song. It's fun to rhyme off, but is also heavy with religious meaning:
The pear tree is the Cross itself.
The partridge is Jesus. He is represented as a partridge, a bird that will feign injury in order to draw predators to itself and away from its young.
2 turtle doves represent the Old and New Testaments.
3 French hens symbolize Faith, Hope and Charity.
4 calling birds (originally colly birds) are the four Evangelists – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
5 gold rings represent the first five books of the Bible,
6 geese a laying are the six days of creation.
7 swans a swimming represent the seven sacraments.
8 maids a milking symbolize the eight beatitudes.
9 ladies dancing stand for the nine choirs of angels.
10 lords a leaping are the Ten Commandments.
11 pipers piping are the first eleven faithful Apostles.
12 drummers drumming represent the twelve points of belief in the Apostle’s Creed.
My pear tree is made up of 17th and 18th century clay pipes; its trunk is a late 17th century wig curler; the ground is Roman mosaic (tesserae) pieces,;the pears are 16th century glass goblet stems and a modern glass stopper; the 'partridge' is a 17th century pipe clay 'fairing' (a cheap child's toy sold at fairs), it has a halo of beads - cane trade beads (c.17th century), a chevron trade bead (c.16th century), two coral beads and blue glass beads.